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Chapter 6. Printing > Printing to Disk (BW)

Printing to Disk (BW)

It may surprise you to know that a print job doesn't necessarily have to go to a printer after you click the Print button. It can also get routed to your hard drive, to be stored as a file. This is often called printing to disk. People mainly do this to send PostScript files to a service bureau using expensive PostScript imagesetters, color printers, printing presses, or other equipment that we common folk can't afford to own. Often the most reliable way to get your PostScript job to such a bureau is to set up your print options so that you can capture on disk the PostScript code that would normally go to your printer. You can then send the PostScript file to the service bureau, which doesn't need the application that created the file (QuarkXPress, Word, whatever) in order to print it. (More on service bureaus later.)

Call your service bureau and ask for any special Page Setup and Print dialog box settings it requires for your PostScript job. Also make sure it sends you any special PostScript drivers and PPDs for the equipment it will use to print your job. Remember: In creating your disk file, you're printing your pages as though you were printing on the service bureau's equipment. The only difference is that you're interrupting the process to grab the PostScript and ship it over to the bureau before the printing continues. So you need to install the same drivers that the bureau uses and set up your print options like it does.


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